EPMA rewards PM theses, keynotes and poster presentations

October 11, 2017

During the opening Plenary Session of the Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition held in Milan, Italy, the EPMA announced the winners of its PM Thesis Competition as well as recipients of the conference Keynote Awards.

Organised and sponsored by the EPMA, the event took place October 1-5, 2017 at the MiCo Convention centre in Milan. According to the EPMA, over two-hundred oral and poster presentations were given during the five-day event.


PM Thesis Competition

Sponsored by Högänas AB, Sweden, the EPMA Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition is open to any students studying Powder Metallurgy within the EU in two categories – PhD and Masters.

According to the EPMA, the aim of the competition is to develop interest in and promote Powder Metallurgy among young scientists at European academic institutions and to encourage research. Winners of the awards receive financial prizes and have the opportunity to present their work at the EPMA conference and receive a plaque from the EPMA President.

In 2017, the winners of the PM Thesis Competition were:

  • Doctorate category – Dr Bey Vrancken, ‘Study of Residual Stresses in Selective Laser Melting’, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Masters category – Dipl-Ing Silvia Baselli, ‘Shrinkage Kinetics Model of Uniaxial Cold Compacted Green Iron’, University of Trento, Italy


Keynote Awards

Four Keynote Paper Awards were given to those papers selected as having the highest merit. Each received an extended thirty-minute slot for their presentation at the beginning of the relevant session during Euro PM2017. Their papers were also published in the journal Powder Metallurgy, which sponsored a €250 prize for each of the selected authors.

  • Dipl -Ing Julia Ureña, ‘Role of Beta-stabilizer Elements in Microstructure and Mechanical Properties Evolution of PM Modified Ti Surfaces Designed for Biomedical Applications’, University Carlos III Of Madrid, Spain
  • Dr Torsten E M Staab, ‘Sintering Iron And Steel: Are There Indications For Defect-Activated Sintering?’, Fraunhofer ISC Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Prof Dr Luis Llanes, ‘Implementation of Advanced Characterization Techniques for Assessment of Grinding Effects on the Surface Integrity of WC-Co Cemented Carbides’, Universitat Politecnica Catalunya, Spain
  • Dr Gian Filippo Bocchini, ‘Can Industrial Standards Disregard Thermodynamics And Material Science?’, PM Consultant, Italy


Peter Brewin Poster Award

The EPMA’s Peter Brewin Poster Award was introduced in 2014 to recognise the contribution made by poster authors to the EPMA’s annual Euro PM Congress.

This year’s Poster Award was presented during a special poster session on Monday October 2. The winner was announced as:

  • Dipl-Ing Wolfgang Limberg, ‘Enhancement of Fatigue-properties of MIM-processed Ti-6Al-4V by Addition of Yttrium and Characterisation by In Situ X-ray Scattering”’, Hemholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany


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